Arizona Leftover Spring Tags Still Available

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Tis the season for consuming leftovers, so now you can add leftover spring hunt permits to the list – appropriately, there are even turkey leftovers available in person at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices in the state.

"You can make someone happy this wonderful holiday season with a leftover spring turkey, javelina or bear permit. You'll be giving the gift of a terrific outdoor adventure and healthy nature-grown protein on the hoof," said Doug Burt, a Game and Fish public information officer, who is also an avid hunter.

There are literally thousands of javelina permits remaining, plus a surprising number of spring turkey tags, including some on the Kaibab plateau, one of the state's most renowned areas for hunting Merriam's turkey.

"No hunter's stocking should go unfilled with javelina cheer this holiday season in Arizona. You can come in and buy a spring permit directly from us, or still mail in an application. Tis' the season for hunters to be jolly," Burt said.

Burt said he was reading an article in a major metro newspaper the other day about the increasing trend for people to grow their own food and harvest their own game for a healthier and more eco-friendly lifestyle. "Add in the fact that hunting is also healthy exercise and valuable mental-health time in the outdoors, and you have a lifestyle-winning combination."

As a bonus, he pointed out, hunting-generated revenue is also the prime source of wildlife conservation in North America. "Hunting is the nature-friendly thing to do."

For an updated PDF listing of remaining leftover spring hunt tags available, as well as application and other draw information, visit www.azgfd.gov/draw.